OneWeb India, a subsidiary of the Eutelsat Group and backed by India’s telecom giant Bharti Group, has obtained the necessary authorizations from the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN-SPACe) to launch commercial satellite broadband services in India. This landmark approval makes OneWeb India the first company in the country to receive authorization for satellite broadband services.
With IN-SPACe’s approval, OneWeb India is now capable of launching its services as soon as it is allotted satellite spectrum by the government. According to a statement released by IN-SPACe, the approval for Eutelsat OneWeb’s constellation is valid for a period of five years.
OneWeb India has already acquired the required licenses from the Department of Telecommunications to provide broadband services using satellite connectivity. Additionally, the company has obtained preliminary approval to establish and operate two gateways in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. These gateways will facilitate the provision of high-speed, low-latency internet connectivity to customers across India once the services are rolled out.
The collaboration between OneWeb India and leading providers will allow the company to expand its existing connectivity solutions and bring new areas online, ultimately resulting in global coverage by the end of the year.
Q: What is IN-SPACe?
A: IN-SPACe is the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre, which serves as the space regulator in India.
Q: What is satellite spectrum?
A: Satellite spectrum refers to the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum allocated for communication via satellites.
Q: How many satellites has Isro launched for OneWeb?
A: Isro and its commercial arm NSIL have launched a total of 72 satellites for OneWeb.
Q: What is the expected value of the global commercial space market?
A: The global commercial space market is expected to be worth $1 trillion by 2030.
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